Your bridesmaids are your ride-or-dies, your go-to people, and your besties for the resties. You’d do anything to let them know how much they matter, especially during one of the most important times in your life. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate them, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spread a little love. You can send gifts to your wedding party to drum up excitement for the big day. Maybe you're looking to show appreciation for all their support throughout the process. Heck, you might want to send a Valentine's Day gift as a simple just-because. Cute, right?
But choosing the proper gift for your bridesmaids and wedding party can feel overwhelming—much like trying to choose bridesmaid dresses that aren’t awful. And let’s face it, there aren’t a ton of great options out there (for gifts and dresses alike!).
That's why we called in the experts at Greetabl to provide their recommendations. Team Greetabl will walk you through the things to do and the things not to do because you know… gifting is their thing. Here are five dos and don’ts for selecting the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your bridesmaids:
DO: Personalize the Message
On a holiday devoted exclusively to love, make sure you’re reinforcing the sentiment behind the gift. Carve out some time to thoughtfully craft your message and tell your recipient exactly what they mean to you. We promise the time spent will not be wasted.
Why did you choose this person to be in your wedding party? What are some of your favorite memories? How has this person played a special role in your life? Let them know.
DON’T: Send Cheap, Waxy Chocolate
You know the kind we're talking about. Our team feels super passionately about quality, which is why we created our own in-house chocolates. We might be biased, but these treats are rich, decadent, and are sure to wow!
The thoughtfulness of the product starts from the inside and continues out. From the dark raspberry and Jamaican Rum ganache to the raw chocolate that's imported from Belgium, it’s safe to say every ounce was carefully considered in the design process.
Best of all, this isn’t one of those throw-away cardboard trays. Again, you know the kind. Our luxe velvety box is meant to be kept as a keepsake. Your bridesmaids can store their wedding day jewelry, sentimental notes, or other trinkets inside for years to come. Not to mention, the XOXO sentiment is perfect to send that socially-distanced hug you’ve been longing to give.
DO: Support Independent Artists & Makers
Like quality chocolate, we're passionate about supporting small businesses. And what many people fail to realize is that Valentine’s Day is an opportune time to support makers. You’ll be getting a unique gift for your recipient without the markup of a big-box retailer.
Not to mention, how special will it be to tell your recipients about the person who made their gifts? This amount of thoughtfulness only adds to the love and consideration behind your gift. Which again, captures the essence of Valentine’s Day.
Pro Tip: By clicking on our product pages, you can read about the designer or maker who created every product we sell at Greetabl. Our partners are one of the things we're most proud of!
DON’T: Pay for Overpriced Gifts
If the above point didn’t fully resonate, we'll say it again: Valentine’s Day is filled with insane markups. Just because all big-box retailers are taking advantage of the holiday does not mean you need to overpay for a gimmicky gift or flowers. See our above point and shop small.
DO: Plan Ahead
There's a lot of power in planning ahead. That's why we launched the ability to schedule your deliveries up to 90 days in advance. This feature saves you from the dreaded last-minute scramble. You get the gift of sanity! And let’s face it, everyone knows when your gift was found in a last-minute dash. Don’t make your recipients feel like an afterthought by doing so. Regardless of your gift, plan and plan some more.
Remember with the ongoing shipping situation due to COVID-19, it’s best to allow extra time for transit. Even if you’re ahead of schedule, it’s better to be early!
DON’T: Make It Weird
Valentine’s Day is centered around love and celebrating those in your life. It’s easy to get hung up on relationship status and all the other distractions, but don’t overcomplicate the day. You’re there to give a little love. We could all use some!
DO: Give Something Sentimental or Personal
If we haven’t made this point clear, we'll come right out and say it: Put some thought into your gift! Don’t let your present wind up in the trash pile. Even if it’s a simple card with a personal note, the thoughtfulness will go a long way.
DON’T: Waste Away the Day
It’d be a shame to let the moment pass without reaching out to your people.
DO: Get Creative
People are longing for connection now more than ever. Use your Valentine’s Day gift to your friends as an opportunity to catch up over the phone or Zoom. Make the gift interactive or make it a game. Do something a little out of the box!
DON’T: Send a Traditional Gift Card
Gift cards aren’t off-limits altogether, just gift cards stuck inside a generic Valentine’s Day card. Instead, gift cards should be memorable and thoughtful. We’ve partnered with a number of retailers to send gift cards that are designed to be remembered. Get started here.